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Creation Date: 08-29-2009 04:57 AM
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In General haiku for my mother -- maybe not Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #41 New 01-01-2016 12:50 PM
The self-assigned writing project for the 21st anniversary of my mom's death includes the following criteria:
1. I must write a haiku for my mother.
2. I will write about what my mom would have been like in Aikido class.
3. Use the new skill of the "em-dash."
4. Combine all this in a little blog entry.

Definition of Haiku: A Japanese poem of 17 syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally invoking the images of the natural world.

1st attempt at a haiku for my mother -- about my mother training in Aikido.

The gi is tight and white,
I must look big.
I won't go.


The first attempt has little hope. I will try again.

2nd attempt:
Smoldering rage
Pressed down between thin lips.
Reversed with tenkan. No Hope.


There. That was cheery. I have abandoned the 17 syllables in perfect form for now because the process is hard enough because of the subject matter.

I can't seem to wrap my mind around my mother in an aikido class.

When I picture her -- and this makes me well with tears—she is sitting in her green recliner, wearing her wood brown Timberline lace up shoes, white anklets showing under a too short, faded, blue jay colored cotton pantsuit, her curly white hair slicked back with a plastic head band, her reading glasses frame clear blue eyes, her chubby sun-spotted hands folded on her lap as she sits under a cloud of despondency.

Definition of despondency: a state of low spirits caused by loss of hope or courage.

That word just popped into my mind. I looked it up and realized it was the perfect word.
Writing this evokes a sad sentiment. I was hoping for some hope.

3rd attempt:
New student, lady in her 20's with four kids,
Here for her first time.
Don't touch her.


That is telling. 4 kids in ten years. Who has time for class? Another sad thought. Are they all sad?

4th attempt:
She sat on the floor
And rolled back when told,
She pops up… ready to go again.


Good job. I see some hope there. It is complete fiction. Maybe. I know she had some hope before my father drank it out of her.

5th attempt:
6th Kyu test
Kote Geishi, Kokyu nage, big rolls,
Finished, Orange belt.


I found some hope when I let go of my skewed vision of my mother and let her just be like every other student -- a clean slate.
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RSS Feed 2 Responses to "haiku for my mother -- maybe not"
#2 01-02-2016 11:12 AM
Thank you.
#1 01-02-2016 08:27 AM
dclements9 Says:
Brilliant. I can almost feel and harmonize with your haiku. Yet another example of Aikido in daily life. Thank you for this and your other blog posts. They are always fascinating and intriguing to read.
 




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